Globalization wields powerful influence over societies and cultures. Business travelers and tourists both observe and distribute new ideas. New ideas, interactions, foods and products are tried, then embraced or discarded. With the internet or satellite television, films, publications, photographs, news reports and cartoons can travel instantly, entertaining or angering audiences around the globe. With social media like Facebook or Twitter, individuals offer news and own instant pronouncements on trends. Whether slowly through immigration or immediately online, these connections bring about some convergence of norms on fashion to human rights while also provoking challenges from traditionalists. A global society has emerged, and it’s tightly linked.

China’s NGOs Go Global

Controls and close ties with the Chinese state may limit the NGOs’ influence
Reza Hasmath
March 23, 2016

Denmark the “Happiest Country” and Burundi the “Least Happy”

Citizens worldwide expect happiness to be a government priority – and compare policies
March 21, 2016

Closure of Balkan Route Divides Europe

German minister contends that refugees cannot be treated like “sacks of potatoes”
March 11, 2016

Americans Rank Last in Problem-Solving With Technology

A workforce struggling with math, technology and problem-solving can expect economic and political repercussions
Douglas Belkin
March 11, 2016

UN, Rights Groups Say EU-Turkey Migrant Deal May Be Illegal

International law requires safeguards for refugees
Stephanie Nebehay and Gabriela Baczynska
March 9, 2016